I received two more scams today by email. The first one was from someone claiming to be “checking my Netflix account.” They (in broken English and poor spelling) wanted me to click on a link to verify my account information with a threat that my family’s access to Netflix would be cut off if I did not follow the instructions.
The second scam was an email from someone claiming to be from Canada Post telling me I had a package that they tried to deliver but no one was home. Again, they asked me to click on a link to verify my information and find out where to pick up my package.
How the Scammers get Your Money
Both are scams, looking to get information on unsuspecting individuals. Popular services (such as Netflix and Canada Post) are being targeted because many people use and rely on them. Clicking on the link provided will introduce a virus into your computer which will track personal information including banking details.
Clicking on the link provided in these scams will introduce a virus into your computer which will track personal information including banking details. Instead of clicking on the link, delete the suspicious email immediately.
Clues to Detect Scams
Here are a few clues that should make you suspect an emailed scam:
- poor grammar and spelling in the content
- telling you about something you did not order (packages) Canada Post would never email you if they stop by and no one is home, they leave a notice at your door.
- offers of refunds or money for nothing or ways to help you save. If it sounds too good to be true, it is!
- emails from someone you know that do not make sense, are very vague (i think you might be interested in this) or contain a link you know nothing about
- emails asking for information the (fake) sender (eg. CRA, bank etc) would already have on file
- they are providing a service you did not request. For example, they are telling you something is wrong with your computer and want you to log in so they can “help you fix the problem”
- miracle cures of any sort (skin care, weight loss, etc etc) go under the “too good to be true” category
- reputable companies do NOT ask for updated personal information via email
Other Forms of Scams
A PREVIOUS POST talked about scams you might encounter when shopping online. Remember and be aware that perpetrators can find innocent, unsuspecting victims by email, phone, regular mail and even at your front door. With modern technology, the world is becoming a much smaller place. Scams, especially ones through email, can and do come from anywhere in the world today.
Be Suspicious, Do Some Research
If you are even the least bit suspicious, google the company represented to see if there are any known scams associated with that company. Use information available online to educate and protect yourself and others. For example, I googled Netflix scam, and guess what, a whole list of results turned up. This particular scam has been going on across Canada for a while now. Remember, the company is not at fault, they are being used too. The scammers are relying on these reputable, trusted and popular companies to get your attention.
Delete, Share the Knowledge, and Report the Scam
After you delete the offending email, share the knowledge and warn your friends, family members, and neighbours. The RCMP has a website for you to report SCAMS and other fraudulent activity.
Be scam savvy!